Afghan horse riders compete for the goat during a friendly buzkashi match on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday. Buzkashi is a traditional and the national sport of Afghanistan, where players compete to place a goat carcass into a goal circle
Smoke shrouds members of the Dutch cavalry as 80 riders rehearsed on a beach on Monday at Scheveningen, Netherlands, outside The Hague, for ceremonies to mark the opening of parliament on Tuesday.
Horses walk through flood water behind a home in Moapa, Nevada. Flooding throughout the area damaged homes and roads
Competitors compete on the beach during the Endurance Competition at the World Equestrian Games at Dragey in Normandy, western France.
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Horses finish the Qatar Bloodstock Richmond Stakes race on Ladies Day at Goodwood in Chichester, England
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Polo players Andy Burgess (R) riding Tonka Rob Brockett riding Torda (L) and Ben Marshall (C) riding Shriva practice for the beach polo competition being held on the beach at Watergate Bay, near Newquay this weekend on Friday in Cornwall, England
Runners and riders in the parade ring before the Albany Stakes during Day Four of the 2014 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire
Tibetan participants perform on horses during a traditional equestrian competition in Hongyuan county of Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in China
A lighting test is carried out on the Kelpies in Falkirk ahead of their official opening to the public later this month. Designed by sculptor Andy Scott each of The Kelpies stands up to 30 metres tall and each one weighs over 300 tonnes.
Horses being exercised on the hilltops near Leyburn, North Yorkshire on the hilltops of the Pennines as further snow is forecast for high ground across the UK.
Barry Geraghty riding Volnay De Thaix steers his mount around the fallen Prince Siegfried during the Mitie Kennel Gate Novices’ Hurdle at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
Horse-mounted policemen patrol oyster cultures to protect them from thieves on in Géfosse-Fontenay, France
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Work continues on The Kelpies sculptures at the eastern entrance to the Forth and Clyde canal on Wednesday in Falkirk, Scotland. The two Kelpie heads are positioned at a specially constructed canal lock and basin part of the Helix project, each weighing 300 tonnes and standing 100 feet tall. The structure was designed by sculptor Andy Scott as a monument to horse-powered heritage across Central Scotland.
A worker tightens a rope to raise a four-metre-high statue of horses at a new housing complex at Parung village in Bogor, in Indonesia‘s West Java province.
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Dutch cavalry horses and their riders are exposed to smoke on Monday as they undergo a stress test on the beach in Scheveningen. The horses and riders are tested with gunfire, music and smoke ahead of the September 17 parade in The Hague and Speech from the Throne, one of the main features of government policy for the coming parliamentary session.
A woman hugs a terracotta warrior replica as she poses for a souvenir photo at the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xi’an, Shaanxi province in central China on Tuesday.
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Two horses fight during the Rapa das Bestas traditional event in the village of Sabucedo in Spain on Friday. On the first weekend of July, hundreds of wild horses are rounded up, trimmed and groomed in different villages in the northwestern region of Galicia.
Relatives embrace each other as they race on horses through a cheering crowd during the traditional Fiesta of Sant Joan in downtown Ciutadella, on the Spanish Balearic island of Menorca. The riders of the horses are the representatives of ancient Ciutadella society – nobility, clergy, craftsmen and farmers.
A racehorse is cooled down after competing on the fourth day of the Royal Ascot horse racing festival at Ascot in southern England on Friday.
Racegoers travel by train from London Waterloo station to Ascot racecourse to attend the Royal Ascot in Berkshire, England. The Royal Ascot horse race meeting runs from June 18 until June 22, 2013.